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Guardian
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By Tyran:
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I will make it even harder for you by revealing that A Storm of Swords is definitely the best book in the series.
And to think I was just planning on working with the Berkley DB this weekend. Gotta e-mail my partner, say I'm sick or something.

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I'm now reading through Glen Cook's Dread Empire trilogy. It's okay, but it has a formal style that doesn't quite work. Cook seems to be at his best when he can be colloquial because he's speaking through a narrating character.

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He is either brilliant, has a remarkable personal assistant, or is a deeply disturbed human being.
Yes. And yes and yes?

—Alorael, who may be the only fantasy-lover left who just doesn't think George R. R. Martin is anything special. He read the first two books and got about halfway through the third before losing interest and picking up something else. He almost never puts down a book, either. There's just something about Martin's style and characters that doesn't appeal.

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Too gritty?

I don't know. I wasn't fascinated either, but I read the first three and am going to read the rest. It's not Tolkien, but it's good.

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Looking Forward to Steve Erickson's Midnight Tides Malanzan Book of the Fallen Book 5 after April 18, 2007. Should be a good read.

Meanwhile, I haven't been too thrilled by the latest crop of fantasy and science fiction books.

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Does anyone know of a good space story? The main elements I'm looking for are:

1. Life in space
2. Realism (i.e. no FTL, or highly advanced societies)
3. No aliens
4. Politics

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5. Not at war or fleeing a war.
6. Not post-apoc

[ Saturday, March 31, 2007 19:06: Message edited by: Dahak ]

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Try Stanislaw Lem's Tales of Pirx the Pilot. Despite the character's oddball name, these are pretty much serious stories, with a little bit of lightness. Not much politics, but you've got the rest.

If by 'not at war' you mean only 'not mainly about a war', then you can't do much better than the Vorkosigan saga. Most of the books are pretty military, but not exactly about war.

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Just finished The Hero by John Ringo and Michael Z. Williamson. Far future covert operations. I liked it a lot. The hero in this story is an alien pursued by a psychotic human. It makes it interesting. Good story. John Ringo and Michael Z. Williamson write war stories, they also follow in the libertarian right philosophy of Heinlein. It was pretty interesting.

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Law Bringer
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Dahak - try Robert A. Heinlein's The Moon is a Harsh Mistress. It's was written back in the days before we got there, but it is fairly realistic.
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Star Trek: The Genesis Wave trilogy is fairly entertaining.

I've just looked at the date of this thread. It's as old as my account is. Yikes!

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I just took a look at the Internet 100 Top Science Fiction Novels. I've read most of them. Just tried out Earth Abides by George R. Stewart about rebuilding after a mysterious plague that wipes out most of human. I especially like the descriptions of how nature comes back after civilization collapses. An interesting little tidbit is that the main character Ish is named after the famous Native American, Ishi who was the last of his tribe.

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Guardian
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I've been thinking about picking up Ender's Game. Worth the read?

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Ender's Game is pretty good. I recommend it.

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Law Bringer
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Originally written by Andraste:

Ender's Game is pretty good. I recommend it.
Agreed. it's OSC's best work IMHO.

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Ender's Game is quite good, as are most of the sequels.

I just started reading The Book of Lost Things, which seems decent so far.

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Law Bringer
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quote:
Originally written by Dahak:

Does anyone know of a good space story? The main elements I'm looking for are:

1. Life in space
2. Realism (i.e. no FTL, or highly advanced societies)
3. No aliens
4. Politics

Edit:
5. Not at war or fleeing a war.
6. Not post-apoc

Try Lois McMaster Bujold's Barrayar cycle. There is FTL, but it barely features, and you will find few settings that manage to be half as realistic without FTL than she pulls off with.

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Unfortunately I have all of Lois's SF books already and have read them.

I'm rereading Heinlein (sp?), and Dickson's Childe Cycle, and Kim Harrison's Hollows Series (Rachel Morgan).

I'm waiting for my reservation of White Night (Jim Butcher) to arrive at the library.

On a side note: I FINALLY have a non dial-up connection at home. HAH!

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This thread has far too much sci-fi in it!

I'm currently on George Monbiot's Heat and Laura Blumenfeld's Revenge, which is very thought provoking.

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I'm Reading a Magnificent Book called "Thr3e" its by ted dekker (he IS the greatest) its about a crazed cereal killer that killed people if they didnt solve a riddle, and finally got to someone who he doesnt kill... instead he kills the friends and things that this person likes.(e.g: car, dog etc).

the book is mainly about the person the killer is after, Kevin (the main character) is getting constent riddles and has a time limit to solve them and if he fails to solve the riddle something heats up. i still dont know who the killer is DARN! no one tell me!

Oh and also there are these 2 really hot girls that like him! (did that just make it more interesting for you all?!)

i have nearly finished reading the book (apparently there is a massive twist at the end).

GET THE BOOK AND READ IT! ITS SO AWSOME!

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Originally written by Magician:

I'm Reading a Magnificent Book called "Thr3e" its by ted dekker (he IS the greatest) its about a crazed cereal killer that killed people if they didnt solve a riddle, and finally got to someone who he doesnt kill... instead he kills the friends and things that this person likes.(e.g: car, dog etc).

the book is mainly about the person the killer is after, Kevin (the main character) is getting constent riddles and has a time limit to solve them and if he fails to solve the riddle something heats up. i still dont know who the killer is DARN! no one tell me!

Oh and also there are these 2 really hot girls that like him! (did that just make it more interesting for you all?!)

i have nearly finished reading the book (apparently there is a massive twist at the end).

GET THE BOOK AND READ IT! ITS SO AWSOME!

Did he eat their cereal too if they failed to solve the riddle? I admit I wouldn't like people eating my cereal. Cruncy Oats with Strawberry and Blueberry is mine!

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Warrior
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My car was brutaly murdered less than a year ago, so I know how it feels. But cereal killings, that's the worst kind of evil.
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I'm reading a little bit of paranoid special operations history with too many acronyms, lots of blundering lies, and some interesting tidbits here and there. It is not too bad. It is Michael Smith, Killer Elite, The Inside Story of America's Most Secret Special Operations Team. Yep most special. :P

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Originally written by I'll Steal Your Toast:

I'm reading a little bit of paranoid special operations history with too many acronyms, lots of blundering lies, and some interesting tidbits here and there. It is not too bad. It is Michael Smith, Killer Elite, The Inside Story of America's Most Secret Special Operations Team. Yep most special. :P
Hint: America's enemy did it.

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I've been reading the Dresden novels by Jim Butcher. Also slogging through the various books in the DS9 Relaunch.

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I'm reading Glen Cook's Black Company series. I agree with Alorael about his writing style, even thought it's in french so a lot easier to read. I'm currently getting bored waiting for the latest one to be translated into French and for the local library to get it.

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Originally written by Alorael:

—Alorael, who may be the only fantasy-lover left who just doesn't think George R. R. Martin is anything special.
No , there's me too...

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